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History of the Hussey Leadership Institute

The Timothy B. Hussey Leadership Institute celebrates the extraordinary legacy of one of Maine’s most esteemed business and community leaders. Tim Hussey’s commitment to the principles of servant leadership helped shape the southern Maine community over his two decades as president and CEO of Hussey Seating Company, a 180-year-old family business.

Tim demonstrated that leading with humility, integrity, and respect for others not only matters, it can lead to extraordinary results. Over 40 years, Tim helped Hussey Seating grow and thrive, while supporting numerous organizations and causes in his community. 

Honoring Tim Hussey’s Legacy

Tim died prematurely in June 2016 after battling a rare form of cancer. It was his desire that the next generation of business and community leaders have the opportunity to consider the importance – indeed the imperative – of doing well by doing good.

He envisioned an institute that would engage, educate and empower Maine leaders to "change the world" by conducting business in a way that is values-driven and good for the community.

In March 2018, the University of Southern Maine Foundation collaborated with the Hussey-Landry family to realize this vision with the highly successful inaugural Timothy B. Hussey Leadership Institute.

Following the success of the inaugural Institute, the second annual Hussey Leadership Institute in April 2019 doubled in size and scope, with a focus on the "how of business ethics."

In early March 2020, the third annual Hussey Leadership Institute welcomed Carla Harris as our keynote speaker following a day full of conversations on the topic of "cultivating authentic leadership."

The fourth annual Hussey Leadership Institute was unlike any other, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the program to go virtual. Over three weeks in mid-March 2021, we welcomed local and national speakers to discuss how to lead in a disrupted world.

The How & Why of Values-Driven Business

Going forward, the Timothy B. Hussey Institute will continue to serve as a convener of business and community leaders in Maine, who will come together each year on USM's Portland campus for a conversation on how to build and maintain a values-driven business. The Institute will offer workshops, panel discussion, networking events and keynote addresses by renowned thought leaders. 

The Timothy B. Hussey Leadership Institute will engage, educate and empower a new generation of Maine business leaders to change the world by doing well and doing good.